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I believe everyone is the expert on their own life. Considering no one has actually lived one second as you, the simple truth that you know more about you than anyone possibly could is something I value. This means I don't pretend I am your expert - therapists that believe and utilize this approach (in my experience many do) actively make you dependent on them and less able to function on your own. This does not mean I devalue my insight, knowledge base, or education. It means I believe growth and maturity come from actual lived experience, not from being told what you should or shouldn't do. It comes from time spent in an environment that fosters self-actualization (aka meeting your own needs and thriving). My approach does include psychoeducation on tools and perspectives for people to use, but I present these tools in the context of having been helpful for many as opposed to a mandatory lesson. This allows people to regulate their own experience and take care of themselves.